What inspires? What sparks creation?

There are as many answers to this as there are ideas. Leading clients through the ideation process is one of the several services we provide at Dawn. Often we use quotes to spark a discussion. We seek out quotes where the writer skillfully uses words to express and illuminate an idea in a powerful or provocative way. You’ll find some of our favorites here, including ones that have the power to alter a mindset. If you’re looking for a favorite author or a particular subject, use our search function to find these quotes from the illuminating nuggets we’ve collected.

What you do makes a difference

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

– Jane Goodall

Pema-Chodron_The Future is completely open

“The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment.”

– Pema Chödrön

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

– Maya Angelou

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The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.

– Native American saying

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

– Lao Tzu

Making the simple complicated

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

– Charlie Mingus

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You only lose what you cling to

– The Buddha

Peale_Change-your-thoughts-change-your-world

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

– Norman Vincent Peale

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The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.

– Tony Robbins

Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you.

Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.

– Aldous Huxley

Ability is of little account without opportunity.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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An artist’s concern is to capture beauty wherever he finds it.

– Kazuo Ishiguro

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Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

– Robert A. Heinlein

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Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.

– Zen proverb

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You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

– Richard Branson

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Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.

– Charles Schulz

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A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in.

– Greek proverb

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Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.

– Gilda Radner

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The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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If you hate your work, leave. If you hate your hate, leave that too.

– Buddhist proverb

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